This is a relatively large fly I designed (ha ha) and fish for Pacific Albacore. The fly casts easily, swims true, and has been well received by Tuna, a combination that makes me smile. And smile. And smile.
It is difficult to adequately emphasize how much I have come to admire the range of Steve Farrar’s synthetic materials as I have ventured into the world of saltwater fly tying and fly fishing. These materials offer colors and sparkle and textures and fishing qualities that merit your consideration, if you are not already familiar with the delights of the stuff.
This is a great fly. It is big and subtle and bold and it catches fish. Tie this fly, or something like it, and you will see what I mean.
Anchovy Baitfish for Pacific Albacore
Overall Length = 5”
Thread: Fine mono
Hook: #3/0 Mustad 3407 or Gamakatsu SC 15
Baitfish Belly: Steve Farrar’s Blend UV White
Optional Throat: Fishient Hot Pink Gliss N Glow
Mid Body: Steve Farrar’s Blend Bleeding Gray and Smolt Blue Krystal Flash
Upper Body: Steve Farrar’s Blend Bleeding Mackerel under Herring Back
Eyes: 5/16” Adhesive Holographic Super Pearl
Cure Goo: Hydro, Thick, and Tack Free